Ramadan begins this Thursday and Muslims around the world are preparing to withhold from eating or drinking. Meanwhile, soft drink companies are yet again competing to top their sales charts. But should you really consume these carbonated beverages?
Let’s take a look at why our gut is always NO. (When you nod your head yes, but you wanna say no)
I feel ya, little Hermione.
The meal you have for suhoor takes approximately 8 hours to digest and it transfers to different cells in your body as nutrients. Then your body uses glucose and fat as an energy source to keep you functioning throughout the day. This benefits the human body with reducing cholesterol levels, weight loss, stronger immune system, normalized or reduced blood pressure levels and much more.
Now how is that related to fizzy drinks? Well, when you’re waiting anxiously at the table to break your fast, all you can think of is that chilled glass of coke with ice you saw on TV with the discounted prices – it’s sure to make its place on the table.
Coke on the rocks yaaas.
You’re not satisfying your cravings but only serving yourself poison, like T-Swift said: “Cause darling I’m a nightmare, dressed like a day dream.”
The poisonous effects of soft drinks extend beyond weight gain and obesity and all because they are carbonated and contain 10+ teaspoons of sugar! They can cause:
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Bone loss and tooth decay due to loss of calcium
- Heart, liver, and kidney diseases dues to slowed digestion
So what other alternatives do you have, which are tempting but beneficial as well??
Dr. Adeeb Rizvi from the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) suggested some himself:
- Coconut water (YUM)
- Fresh Juices
- Lemonade was termed as the best solution as it helps to quench thirst and help keep the minerals at their required level
The choice is yours, the desire and danger is just a fine line apart.